We believe all students should graduate from high school ready for college, careers and life. The following resources will help students prepare to excel in the workforce.




Alec Gets a Job
This lesson will help students identify skills that can make someone more employable and how certain skills and education can affect future career opportunities.

Skilled Trade Pays
This lesson helps students explore research and data for jobs accessible without having to obtain a four-year degree. 

Common Cents: Work Ethic
This article discusses the characteristics of good work ethic, including consistent effort, perseverance and positive attitude. Suggestions to develop a better work   ethic at home are given.

Common Cents: Preparing Kids for Life's Road Trip
This article provides activities to help students navigate career opportunities in our complex world. 

Teaching Tips: Education, Minorities and Job Opportunities  
This article focuses on the correlation between education level and job opportunities for minorities in the Midwest.

Teaching Tips: Student Loan Debt
This article focuses on identifying the consequences of borrowing and the responsibilities of loan repayment.

Teaching Tips 2.0: Opportunity Occupations
This resource offers a range of interdisciplinary activities centered on nonfiction reading about career education.

Fed Opportunity Occupations Video Series
Within the Federal Reserve there are several opportunity occupations that are also available in many other organizations. Find out more about each position through through this short video series.

Entrepreneurship in Action Video Series
In this video series, meet and learn from entrepreneurs across the Kansas City Fed seven-state region. 

21st Century Careers Student Webinar Series
Expose students to a variety of career paths in this video series. Students will hear from a variety of local leaders about their career journeys and how to develop leadership style and skills.

  • A Portrait of Leadership
    An interview with the CEO and President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Esther George.
  • Today's Leadership Landscape
    An interview with local leaders Eileen Weir, Mayor of Independence, Missouri; Davyeon Ross, Co-Founder of ShotTracker; and Pedro Zamora, Executive Director of the Hispanic Economic Development Corporation.

  • Leadership Behaviors for Success
    Learn practical tips for building leadership skills and developing career competencies.

Career Opportunities on the Road to Success Infographic
Help students evaluate jobs in a variety of fields, some that require 4 years of college and comparable positions that don't.

Employability Skills: A Toolkit for Success Infographic
Explore the soft skills that can help students be successful and marketable in any job.

Opportunity Occupations in the 10th Federal Reserve District Infographic

Earning a Living
Wage growth for workers in the United States has accelerated gradually in the past two years, and a few industries are responsible for the increase.

Opportunity Occupations
What jobs pay more than the national minimum wage but don't need a bachelor's degree

Discussing Race and Inequality in the Classroom
Learn strategies for engaging your students on this timely and relevant topic. Hear from economists with years of teaching experience and research sharing strategies for discussing race in the economics classroom, whether at the high school or college level.

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The T in Stem: Technology Jobs of the Future

Explore how emerging technology has and is transforming the workforce to create innovative career pathways, as well as how schools have approached technology-related workforce training, especially in the wake of COVID-19. 

Runtime 1 hour 3 minutes

Preparing Students for a Workforce in Transition: Insights on Labor Market Trends
Delve into the latest analysis of employment and unemployment trends, and explore the effect of recent labor force trends on future employment prospects. 

Runtime 1 hour 10 minutes

Preparing Students for a Workforce in Transition: Connecting Schools and Employers
Learn about organizations that partner students with businesses and how apprenticeships and other career development programs collaborate with schools to provide hands-on training to prepare students for the labor force.

​Runtime 1 hour 16 minutes

Preparing Students for a Workforce in Transition: Equipping Educators with Tools and Resources
Access timely information and classroom-ready resources that support career pathway instruction, work-readiness training and related curricula.

​Runtime 1 hour 6 minutes

College and Career Resources

In this one hour long on-demand webinar for educators in middle and high school grades, get ideas for lesson plans, online courses and additional resources that can equip you with college and career resources for students.


Barbie in the Labor Force
In this lesson, students use primary documents to review historical trends in women's share of the labor force and chosen occupations. 

Career Opportunities at the Fed
The Federal Reserve has a wide variety of careers available in various fields, and this lesson will allow students to consider various career opportunities that may be available to them. 

College 101 Infographic Activity
Are your students ready for college and career exploration? Try this fun, classroom-ready way to explore the College 101 infographic.

College Choice 101 
From tiny private colleges to gargantuan urban universities, there are enormous implications to your choice of a school and a major. This video will help you develop a perspective and a framework for making these. 

College: Learning the Skills to pay the Bills 
Page One Economics uses two economic models to study how education, productivity, and income are related. 

Datapost: "College Debt: Rising Student Loan Balances"
Student loan dollars have grown as college costs have increased. See how federal and non-federal loan dollars have changed since 2003.

Does College Matter - Podcast 
We live in a world where we are preparing people for jobs that don't even exist yet. So, how do we equip our young people for what's to come? 
Dream Today, Job Tomorrow 
This lesson teaches students strategies they can employ now to start preparing for their future dream job or career. 
Education vs. Unemployment 
What can be done to get people back to work? Students get the answer to this and other questions - including why education might be the best way to avoid unemployment in the future - in this short online course. 
Education, Income and Wealth 
Those with higher incomes tend to accumulate more wealth. Why? Research shows that well-educated people tend to make financial decisions that help build wealth. Their strategies, though, can be used by anyone. Valuable wealth tips are presented in this issue of Page One Economics. 
Take a stroll through each screen of the online FAFSA in this video to see what information you'll need on hand to complete the application quickly and accurately. 
Financial Aid 101 
Watch this short video to get your bearings in a seemingly endless sea of financial-aid options. Grants, scholarships, loans - you name it - we cover it in this informative clip.
Get an Education, Even if it Means Borrowing 
You may be doing all you can to prepare for the price of education after high school, but if your savings, grants and scholarships aren't quite enough, do not overlook student loans as a means to gaining the education you need to be successful. Learn about student loan basics in this resource from Page One Economics. 
Investing in Yourself: An Economic Approach to Education Decisions 
Investing in education and training is an important economic decision. Learn about human capital and the return on such an investment in Page One Economics. 
Invest in What's Next: Life After High School 
This interactive mini-course provides information and tools to help you succeed after high school.
Is a College Cap and Gown a Financial Ball and Chain? 
Page One Economics presents data on college versus high school graduates' earnings and employment prospects.
Is College Worth it? 
The payoffs and challenges of pursuing post-secondary education are discussed. 
Katrina's Classroom - Lesson 4
This lesson examines developing human capital, postsecondary education as a key to greater financial well-being, costs and financing options for postsecondary education, budgeting and saving to achieve financial and personal goals, preparing for emergency situations and using foundational personal finance strategies.
Maximum Employment Matters 
Each session of Maximum Employment Matters takes a close look at a particular industry and its job opportunities. Guest speakers share their knowledge and discuss current and future labor trends. 

Navigate: Exploring College and Careers 
Navigate allows students to explore and evaluate careers and educational opportunities after high school, identify choices that will enhance their applications, research the cost and aid available and imagine their own path to success. Navigate utilizes lessons, visuals and an interactive workbook to educate students 7th through 9th grade on the pathways to education after high school.
Saving for College - Continuing FEDucation 
Growing up means making big decisions, and decisions about college are among the most important. Follow high school student Martina as she learns about the basics: investing in human capital, factors to consider when choosing a college and ways to fund higher education.
Take a look at all the skills you need to succeed in the workplace
The Rising Cost of College 
The cost of college seems to be skyrocketing - but is it really? Learn about the concept of price discrimination and how it affects college costs in Page One Economics.  

    Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Employment Statistics
    Information on occupation and wage is provided.

    CFPB - Paying for College
    Browse financial guides for different college payment options.  

    FAFSA - Loan Repayment Calculator
    Calculate how long it will take for you to pay back your Federal Student Loans.

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